USDA Update


By Administrator

May 18, 2022

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • EMERGENCY GRAZING ON CRP AVAILABLE–50% stocking rate reduction during primary nesting season.
  • CROP CERTIFICATION DEADLINE–July 15, 2022
  • TIP – Transition Incentive Program – DEADLINE TO SUBMIT CRP 1-R–AUGUST 5, 2022.

Disclaimer: Information in this UPDATE is pertinent to Kiowa County FSA only. Producers reading this and that do not have FSA interest in Kiowa County are advised to contact their local FSA Office.

The USDA Service Center has a drop box available on the east side of the building.

DROUGHT MAP

There were changes to the Drought Monitor map this past week. A D3 extreme drought intensity was added in parts of Lincoln, Washington, Adams, Elbert and Arapahoe counties, other surrounding counties remain in D2 drought intensity rate of severe drought. D3 designation also existing in Prowers, Bent, Baca and Las Animas counties. The only county in Colorado with a D4 – exceptional drought designation is Baca County.

CRP and NATIVE GRASS CERTIFICATIONS

FSA-578 farm certification report of commodities for farms that are 100% CRP or native grass were emailed to the operator on the farm(s) three weeks ago. The form(s) were email to the operator on the farm(s). We ask that you look through your email and received mail, sign and return the form to the office.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FROM FIRES

FSA is currently gathering damage assessments from producers who were affected by the fires south of Brandon and south of Haswell in April. Producers who received damage to property, contact the FSA Office.

CRP SIGNUP #58 RESULTS

FSA was notified of the ranking results for General CRP signup #58 last week. All submitted offers in Kiowa County were accepted. The contact producer on each contract has been notified either by email or by mail. It’s the contact producer’s responsibility to inform other producers on the offer of the acceptance. The contact producer has 15 days from May 5th to inform the FSA office to accept the offer. After May 20th, if the producer has not contacted FSA; the offer will be terminated. Notification can be done through email or by phone.

SIGNUP #59 NRCS PLANNING

Accepted CRP General SU #58 offers that elect to move forward; those offers will be sent over to NRCS for conservation planning. For all contracts a required contract management will be planned before year 6 of the contract. All CRP-1 participants will be required to sign the conservation plan prior to July 29, 2022. This is the final opportunity producers will have to reject the offer without penalty.

KIOWA COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY COUNTY COMMITTEE

  • Sean Harkness – LAA 1 – East area – Committee Chairperson
  • Destiny Haase–LAA 2 – Central area – Committee Vice-Chairperson
  • Michael Zimmerman – LAA 3 – West area – Committee Regular Member

USDA SERVICE CENTER CONTACT INFORMATION

  • 409 E Lowell Ave.
  • PO Box 188 – Eads, CO 81036
  • Telephone 719-438-5851 FSA (Ext 2), NRCS (Ext 3). FSA Fax number: fax2mail 844-332-7501

FSA–Farm Service Agency

  • Dawna Weirich – CED This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Charla Ferris – PT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Brandi Nevius – PT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NRCS – Natural Resource Conservation Service

  • Scott Smith – Team Resource Leader 719-767-5648 ext. 3 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.–Cheyenne Wells
  • Steve Schmidt – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Eads Office
  • Marty Miller–This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Eads Office
  • Kathleen Johnson – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Eads Office

KIOWA COUNTY FARM LOAN CONTACT INFO – CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

  • Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext2)
  • Mary Rhoades, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
  • Nicole Lubbers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SERVICE CENTER OFFICE HOURS

Monday through Friday–8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

RECEIVE USDA INFORMATION

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